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Belcea String Quartet shares its crystalline sound at Union

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Belcea String Quartet returned to the International Festival of Chamber Music Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in their fifth appearance on the series.
 
Museum honors passenger pigeons, 100 years after extinction

Museum honors passenger pigeons, 100 years after extinction

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Poor Martha. After four years she was still without a proper suitor, and on Sept. 1, 1914 she died, unable to keep alive the family line.
 
Madame Rosa, matriarch of circus, still active at 103

Madame Rosa, matriarch of circus, still active at 103

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Madame Rosa appears at the circus apartment doorway in sparkling diamonds, red lipstick and a walking frame — and sits down beside her leopard skin rug.
 

In-your-face violence mars pseudo-realistic WWII film

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately.
 

Multiple characters spread thin mulling how technology affects us

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
“Men, Women & Children,” an existential hand-wringing masquerading as an ensemble drama, suggests that it’s going to have some Deep Thoughts about The Way We Live Now.
 

Cast can’t rescue weeper about last chance for love

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest.
 
Clever cartoon set against backdrop of culture, music of Mexico

Clever cartoon set against backdrop of culture, music of Mexico

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
"The Book of Life” is a Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form.
 
Dog owners to show off their pets in Halloween parade, competition

Dog owners to show off their pets in Halloween parade, competition

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
On Saturday, more than 150 lovable pugs are expected to strut their stuff during the 15th annual Halloween PUG Party and Parade at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area in Chestertown.
 
Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner.
 
Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
When I was a kid, creamy tomato and rice soup was one of my go-to comfort foods.
 
Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Disney’s Tony winning Broadway musical “Newsies” is, without question, a whirlwind of non-stop youthful energy.
 
Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Geometric patterns are classics in modern design speak. But one that especially resonates these days is the triangle.
 

Parents find ways to limit kids’ screen time

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Maryam Morse and her husband formulated a plan for allotting their sons time to play video games and watch TV. The boys could do so, but only after reading, completing their homework and practicing the piano.
 
Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets
SCHENECTADY

Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Some of the last few seats for “Newsies” will be available through a lottery today and Wednesday.
 
Moms’ group members there for each other
NISKAYUNA

Moms’ group members there for each other

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Every other Wednesday, first-time moms, Capital Region newcomers and veteran parents of preschoolers sit around a folding table covered in pipe cleaners, crayons and glue at the Niskayuna Recreation Center.
 
 

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